Tim Vaughn / Blog

Bridges/ QC Article by Ashley Martin

Tim Vaughn got his start thanks to a man who strummed in a staged forest clearing.As a three-year-old watching Fred Penner’s Place, Vaughn learned to play guitar.

“I’d sit in front of the TV and sort of pretend to play until I started figuring out what was going on with it,” said Vaughn. “I called my first guitar that I ever had Penner.”

And so the Saskatoon blues-rocker found his love of music.

“I’ve been singing ever since I can remember and always was obsessed with guitar in particular. I always enjoyed watching people perform and mimicking them myself,” he said.

That proved valuable during the weekly Saturday afternoon all-ages jams at Saskatoon’s Buds On Broadway where, as an 11-year-old, Vaughn learned from local and touring musicians.

“A lot of the bands that were coming through and playing those nights would come and sit in and jam with us too, like Big Dave McLean, and there were lots of guys coming up from Chicago at the time, so there’d be some pretty heavy blues players.”

After growing up hearing the likes of The Beatles, Cat Stevens and Willie Nelson, this was Vaughn’s introduction to the city’s “vibrant blues scene,” and his first real taste of the blues. He wasn’t totally sure what notes he was playing, but trusted his ear.

“I think I became comfortable with the reckless abandonment and comfortable with just making noises on guitar before I even really knew what I was doing.”

Those afternoons, Vaughn’s father Danny was right there with him. It became their thing, attending the jam every weekend.

That experience led to Vaughn forming his first band at age 12. He started to tour as a 14-year-old, playing in B.C. and Alberta, where he had to apply for a liquor permit to play in bars. Until Vaughn was old enough to go himself, his father came along for the ride.

“I’d leave for a week or something, come back to school for three weeks or whatever and go out again ... Every time I was in town I went to school though,” he said with a laugh.

Today, the 26-year-old makes music his full-time job.

Vaughn’s style hasn’t changed too much over the years — he classifies his sound as “blues rock with nods at funk and jazz,” taking a page from his idol Prince, who doesn’t fit into a mould. Though Vaughn has a broad taste in music, he tries to keep it simple on albums, but “the shows still go all over the map sometimes.”

He’s been playing with drummer Bryce Lemky since elementary school, which makes coordinating live shows really easy.

“We have kind of a mind-reading thing that goes on at this point, which is pretty cool.”

Vaughn is currently working on his third full-length album and plans to tour Western Canada this summer.

You can catch him in Regina April 5 at the Artful Dodger and April 20 during Juno Fest.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Vaughn+music+career+long+time+coming/8190593/story.html#ixzz2QCcZTAC5

Update Venue Change for Sat. Feb 16th Calgary

The Calgary Bluegrass and Roots Music Society is happy to announce that we have upgraded the venue for our event. We will now be hosting the event at the Best Western Port O'Call Hotel 'Calgary's premier Hotel', in the McKnight Room, located at 1935 McKnight Boulevard NE. Tickets are $20 and kids 12 and under get in for free. Free workshops will take place at 10 & 11am and the music begins at noon and will run through to midnight

Happy Valentines Day/Calgary Shows This Weekend

Hello everyone and Happy Valentines Day! I have been feeling a ton of love from all of you over the past month and a half. I couldn't be more grateful for all your help and support getting me to New York City to play Madison Square Gardens at the Crossroads Guitar Festival. Please keep spreading the love by clicking LIKE on my facebook page www.facebook.com/timvaughnmusic and supporting at http://www.playcrossroads.com/u/guitguy2500 The contest is over for the public March 8th so I'll only be harassing you a little longer about it. Thanks for your patience in that regard I couldn't do it with out you and wouldn't push it if it wasn't important to me. :)

We are packing up the van this weekend and heading to Calgary for a couple shows. The first is Friday night at Border Crossing. It's our first time at that venue and something tells me it's going to be a good one :)

There was a little confusion over whether or not the second Calgary show at Calgary Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival had been cancelled.... That is not the case as I have learned. They have just moved the venue from the Gateway at SAIT to an "upgraded location" TBA. lol. so I'll keep you all posted on where that is as soon as I know. :)

To all my Saskatoon friends... We're hitting Lydias next Friday Feb. 22nd with our friends September Long kicking off the show so we'll see you all then.

Have a loving day everyone -TV

Keep Spreading The Love

Hey everyone. Thanks again for all your help with the Play Crossroads competition http://www.playcrossroads.com/u/guitguy2500 . We are sitting at 50th place in the "Buzz Ratings" so far and that's all because of your support! I am confident that we can reach 90% which would put us up to the top. If you haven't already, please like my band page www.facebook.com/timvaughnmusic

Thanks to Rock 102 for helping spread the word! Saskatoon Express is coming over to do an interview with me tomorrow morning regarding the contest so stay tuned. In addition, I'll be recording a performance/interview for CBC radio Sound Exchange Thursday morning. I'm not sure when it's airing yet I'll be sure to let you all know.

What else is new? Hmmm

I've been busy working with Saskatoon band September Long on pre-production for their upcoming EP which I think is going to sound great. We hit the studio this weekend.

We're also planning to release a new Single called "Loaded Gun" as soon as possible. It should be ready for all of you to hear by the end of February. It's my favorite song that I have written thus far. I hope you like it too. :)

My good friend Big Dave McLean is in Saskatoon at Bud's all week. I rarely miss a chance to sit in on some real blues with a Canadian Legend. I hope to see many of you out for that this week.

We are hitting the road for some Alberta dates starting Feb 1st; Red Deer for a two night stand at the Vat followed by a 1 nighter in Edmonton at Blues On Whyte on Feb. 3rd. Then off to Calgary for two shows. Feb 15th at Border Crossing, then the next night at the Gatway at SAIT campus. The next weekend we're home for a show at Lydia's on Feb 22nd which I'm sure will be crazy town as always. Then it's Blues Fest time in Toon Town. I'm not performing at the festival this year but I'll be doing several outreach shows and a couple solo shows at the Spadina Freehouse and the Rook and Raven leading up to the Fest.

Other then that writing... teaching... and finding sleep somewhere between all of that. ;)

That's probably enough to digest for now. Busy Busy Busy

Keep spreading the love and as always, I appreciate your support.

Much love - TV

Thanks for a great campaign so far

Hello all! As Tuesday draws to a close I would like to say thank you again to everybody for all your support in the Play Crossroads Contest. Please continue to share my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/timvaughnmusic and keep supporting here http://www.playcrossroads.com/u/guitguy2500

your help means the world to me and I wont forget it. please visit me at ReverbNation too. http://www.reverbnation.com/timvaughn I've made a few tracks available for free download to say thanks.

Now that the Twitter counter is working on the Crossroads page tweeting is extra important now. Anything you can do to help spread the word is appreciated greatly. Again, this runs until march 8th and I'm trying my darndest to get to New York legitimately. That means I need to be voted there by the people. i.e. you :)

I know I can make you all proud and I humbled by your efforts thus far.

In other news, I taught my first Pantera song today... Dimebag sure had some dexterous fingers.... There is always something new to learn from every style.

peace, love and music -TV

We're Moving On Up!

Hey everyone just wanted to thank you for your continued support. It means the world to me.

The Help Tim Vaughn Band Play crossroads campaign is of to a great start and we' have moved up the ranks quickly over the past few days.

A few things you might not know about the contest that can help our chances.

1. Hitting 'like on my facebook page www.facebook.com/timvaughnmusic increses my stats in the competition. sharing my page and encouraging your friends and family to like it too will help take us over the top.

2. Show your support on the Crossroads page as often as you want. there is no limit.....At least for the moment.... may I recomend clicking 2 or 3 times a day. once you have done it you'll know how quick and easy it is. Just go here www.playcrossroads.com/u/guitguy2500 and click support this artist

3. Although it doesn't apear that the Twitter count for crossroads is working Twitter still helps spread the word so tweet away! and please follow me there too twitter.com/TimVaughn1

4. If you feel so inclined and are web savy. please use the widgets and banners in the toolkit found on my profile they are available here www.playcrossroads.com/u/guitguy2500/toolkit

The contest runs until March 8th when the final voting goes to a panel of guitarists ;) Until then keep up the good work and thank you so much for all you kind words on the comments section. They keep me going. :)

Much love to you all


Help Us Play Crossroads in NYC with Eric Clapton

I have an exciting opportunity that I need all of you to help with. I'm in a contest for a chance to play at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival at Madison Square Garden in NYC. I can't get there with out help.

there's a few things you can do to help make my dream a reality.

1. Like and Share my facebook bandpage here https://www.facebook.com/timvaughnmusic (It increases my rating and position in the competition)

2. Go to this link http://www.playcrossroads.com/u/guitguy2500 listen to the songs and click support this artist. All of this increases my standings in the contest. look for the toolkit widgets to help spread the word across the web check back often and vote as often as the site will let you

3.If you are on twitter and/or reverb nation like and follow me at those too. https://twitter.com/TimVaughn1

you can check out the Reverb Nation stuff on my Facebook Band Page under Band Profile or simply use this link http://www.reverbnation.com/timvaughn

In other news I'll be posting some up coming shows for for winter/spring 2013 in the next couple days stay tuned for that.

Thank you very much I appreciate your support. Peace and Love to you all -TV